Caim (kyem) a Scottish Gaelic word meaning: Sanctuary; an invisible circle of protection, drawn around the body with the hand, to remind one of being safe and loved.
Our aim is to educate professional and volunteer staff working with displaced people and refugees on how to support and effectively respond to those who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.
We know that violence is a significant problem for refugees; we believe, regardless of where they are in the world, they should feel supported by the agencies around them.
Our background is working within professional organisations - NGOs and statutory agencies in the UK and internationally - supporting refugees, survivors of sexual and domestic violence and vulnerable children.
We offer training to professionals and volunteers working with displaced people and refugees on how to appropriately respond and efficiently support survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
We also provide resources such as booklets of coping techniques, designed appropriately for refugees who have experienced sexual and domestic violence or are dealing with the impacts of trauma. We currently have these booklets available on the resources page of our website in various languages.
We measure our impacts with a baseline survey before and after our training, completed by volunteers.
The CAIM project was set up by volunteers to help bridge the gap of support for refugee survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Refugees are subject to a magnitude of hardships, one of these being sexual and/or domestic violence- either in their country of origin or on their journey to safety.
The staff (professional and volunteers) who come into contact with people on a day to day basis may not have the necessary experience or training to respond effectively to the needs of these survivors.
The purpose of this project is to educate staff through training on how to respond practically, safely and empathetically to refugee survivors of sexual and domestic violence, helping them begin to heal.